Dodd-Frank Act Covers Land Contracts – January 10, 2014

December 29, 2013  |  10 Comments  |  Land Contract Details, Land Contract News

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) final Loan Originator Compensation rule applies to seller financers. The CFPB released the rule on January 20, 2013, as part of its implementation of amendments to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted on July 21, 2010. The final rule takes effect on January 10, 2014.

TILA, as amended, and CFPB’s implementing regulations exclude from the definition of loan originator some sellers who provide seller financing.  CFPB has provided some flexibility in the new final rule by excluding from the definition of loan originator two categories of seller financing: those that sell 3 or fewer properties in any 12-month period and those that sell only one in any 12-month period, and in both cases meet other criteria.

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About Allan Daniels

A 3rd generation real estate investor, lender, and land contract buyer, Allan has served in many key leadership positions within real estate and mortgage trade associations on the local, state, and national level. In Michigan, Allan served as President of the Michigan Mortgage Brokers Association (MMBA) in 2000. For his achievements, Allan earned the MMBA 2000 Distinguished Leadership Award, and was named MMBA Broker of the Year for 2001, 2002, and 2003. Allan was the first recipient of the MMBA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. In addition to his work within Michigan, Allan previously served in the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) as a member of the Board of Directors; Delegate Council; Government Affairs; Bylaws; and Best Lending Practices Committees. Allan also served as an officer on the NAMB Executive Committee as Treasurer, and also as Regional Vice Chair of the NAMB Legislative Committee for the Midwest Region. Currently, Allan serves as Chairman of the State of Michigan Mortgage Industry Advisory Board, that makes recommendations to the Commissioner of the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR), the state agency that regulates mortgages and land contracts. In 2011 and 2012, Allan served on the Insurance and Finance Advisory Rules Committee to produce proposals to the state Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR), and he began a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Realtors in 2013. Dr. Daniels and Son is one of the largest purchasers of Land Contracts in Michigan. The Daniels family has been purchasing Land Contracts and private (seller-held) notes and mortgages for three generations. Allan Daniels has been licensed in Michigan Real Estate since 1988 and specializes in buying land contracts and real estate. Dr. Daniels and Son also offers private-money business-purpose real estate loans.

10 Responses to Dodd-Frank Act Covers Land Contracts – January 10, 2014

  1. Jennifer kuehn

    I was at a meeting January with Al Keller. In regards to new regulations concerning land contracts I didn’t grasp on that it entailed. But we are purchasing land with a land contract. We will be building on each lot as we receive contracts. We were thinking of building the structure and have the clients pay off at closing or pay us a draw in between then payoff rest at closing.

    Would there be any issue with this type of approach with the new laws?

    Jen Kuehn/ Keller & assoc.

    • Allan Daniels

      Hi Jennifer: Thank you for the comment, and for attending the January presentation. Due to time constraints, the Question & Answer portion of the presentation was omitted. If I am reading your question correctly, it appears that you are buying vacant land from a developer. Is that correct, or are you the party selling property via land contract (seller financing)? Once I am clear on your question, I should be able to provide a better response. Thanks! Allan

  2. Nate

    Has there been any official statement on whether land contracts / contracts for deed are subject to Dodd Frank regulations?

    • Allan Daniels

      Hi Nate: Thank you for the comment. The answer is yes. As I mentioned in the post, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) final Loan Originator Compensation rule applies to seller financers. I also included a link to the final rule. If you’d like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me at 248-335-6166, or you may wish to attend an upcoming presentation. Thanks again! Allan

  3. Bryan

    If I have an LLC, licensed as a real estate broker, how many land contracts can I sell within a given year? as an individual, how many? do I need to be licensed as a mortgage broker in order to do more?

    • Allan Daniels

      Hi Bryan: You have asked very good questions, and I would like to invite you and every real estate licensee in Michigan to attend a 2 hour continuing education program that I will be presenting on the topic. Here is what the North Oakland County Board of REALTORS has to say: “Hardcore Regulations: Uncovering Dodd-Frank”-Attend Allan Daniels’ class on Wednesday, April 30 (9-11 a.m.) and earn two hours of continuing education, which represents your mandated legal hours, required each year. Allan will assist you in understanding the Dodd-Frank Act which took effect January, 2014, and affects seller-financing and much more. As a real estate professional, the class may be the most important training you will experience in your career. NOCBOR members are offered the class free of charge. Registration can be made by calling 248-674-4080 or e-mail

  4. Kathleen

    We were looking to purchase a home thru a land contract. Today I have been told that this won’t be possible due to the fact that the seller has a current mortgage on the home. The Dodd-Frank Act does not allow the is happen now in Michigan. Is this true?

    • Allan Daniels

      Hi Kathleen: The “Due on Sale” clause of the sellers mortgage is unrelated to the Dodd-Frank Act. If the seller has a mortgage with a due on sale clause, the seller may be unable to sell the home via a land contract since the mortgage holder has the right to declare the mortgage “due and payable” when the property is sold. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks! Allan

  5. Mike

    I am an investor and have 40 properties. This is not my full time job. I do sell properties on contract but not more then 3 properties in a year. Would it still apply to me? Do you only do you classes in Michigan? Any other states?

    • Allan Daniels

      Hi Mike: The regulations apply to everyone. My 2 hour course are approved for real estate continuing education in Michigan. i would be happy to do an individual consultation. Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss this. Thanks! ~ Allan

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